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Hungarian Army Aviation
order of battle January 1, 1988

In the second half of the eighties, the size and capabilities of the Hungarian Army Aviation have greatly increased. In 1984, they scrapped the old L-29 Delfin reconnaissance aircraft. Instead of them, fifteen new Su-22M3 Fitter-J reconnaissance aircraft arrived. The new model had a serious offensive capability as well. Since the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, these were the first Hungarian bombers! The new reconnaissance bomber aircraft deployed at Taszár Airport.

 

Sukhoi Su-22M3 Fitter-J reconnaissance-bomber type in Hungary

Hungarian Army Aviation order of battle map in 1988

 

Hungarian Air Force 101st Reconnaissance Air Squadron Su-22M3 Fitter-J in Mezökövezsd airbase. Photo: Szücs László Hungarian Army Aviation order of battle in 1988

   Hungarian Air Force 101st Reconnaissance Air Squadron
Su-22M3 Fitter-J in Mezökövezsd airbase. Photo: Szücs László

They doubled the number of purchased Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters. They purchased another twenty late Mi-24D Hind-D and Mi-24V Hind-E helicopters between 1984 and 1985. Each of the forty Hungarian attack helicopter regiments was transferred to the 87th Combat Helicopter Regiment.

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade late Mi-24D Hind-D combat helicopter in Szentkirályszabadja. Photo: Szenkovits Lajos

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade late Mi-24D Hind-D combat helicopter in Szentkirályszabadja. Photo: Szenkovits Lajos

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade  Mi-24V Hind-E combat helicoptern in Pápa AB 1990. Photo: Simon László

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade Mi-24V Hind-E combat helicoptern in Pápa AB 1990. Photo: Simon László

 

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade late Mi-24D Hind-D and Mi-24V Hind-E combat helicopters, Mi-17PP Hip-H electronic jamming helicopter, Mi-17 Hip-H trabsport helicopter and a Mi-9 Hip-G flying command post helicopter in Szentkirályszabadja. Photo: Nagy András collection

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade late Mi-24D Hind-D and Mi-24V Hind-E combat helicopters, Mi-17PP Hip-H electronic jamming helicopter, Mi-17 Hip-H trabsport helicopter and a Mi-9 Hip-G flying command post helicopter in Szentkirályszabadja. Photo: Nagy András collection

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade Mi-17 Hip-Hs

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade Mi-17 Hip-Hs

 

Hungarian Special Electronic Warfare helicopter squadron in 1990

 

Hungarian Army Aviation's weapons around 1990.

 

In the middle of the eighties, they deployed for the new Mi-24s at Szentkirályszabadja airport. However, Szolnok airport became empty after the L-29s were scrapped and the 101st Regiment ceased to exist. Therefore, the two transport helicopter squadron and the An-26 Curl aircraft at Szentkirályszabadja were moved to Szolnok. Here in 1984, the 89th Regiment was formed. The new regiment received two new Mi-8PS Hip VIP cargo and one Mi-9 Hip-G flying command post helicopter as well. The young Hungarian pilots were trained here with Mi-8T Hip-C helicopters.

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade Mi-9 Hip-G flying command post helicopter. Photo: Simon László

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade Mi-9 Hip-G flying command post helicopter. Photo: Simon László

Hungarian Air Force 90th Command and Air Courier Regiment Mi-2 Hoplite. Photo: Szücs László

Hungarian Air Force 90th Command and Air Courier Regiment Mi-2 Hoplite. Photo: Szücs László

 

Hungarian Air Force 89th Composite Transport Air Regiment  Mi-8PS Hip VIP transport helicopter. Photo: Simon László

Hungarian Air Force 89th Composite Transport Air Regiment  Mi-8PS Hip VIP transport helicopter. Photo: Simon László

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade Mi-17PP Hip-H electronic jamming helicopter. Photo: Simon László

Hungarian Air Force 87th Combat Helicopter Brigade Mi-17PP Hip-H electronic jamming helicopter. Photo: Simon László

The courier helicopters received a big upgrade as well. In 1982 the last Mi-1 Hare helicopter was withdrawn. Instead, 36 new courier Mi-2 Hoplite courier helicopter arrived from the factory in Poland between 1982 and 1987.

At the end of the eighties, they were planning the purchase of Su-25K Frogfoot attack aircraft, but this has not been achieved.
 

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